Do you suffer from insomnia? If so you are not alone, because it is estimated that as many as one in three Britons will have problems sleeping at some point in their lives. Have you tried every method you can think of to get a good night’s sleep? Maybe you have even started taking sleep pills and would like to come off them and go back to being able to sleep more naturally? Well, if you have had no success in beating your insomnia then maybe it is time to do something different and try some holistic therapy?
So how could a holistic therapist help you where traditional medicine cannot? One of the big differences is that holistic, or complementary, therapists treat the whole body instead of just the symptoms you are currently suffering from. Everybody is different. We are all unique individuals, so the reasons why you are not sleeping properly are likely to be totally different to why another person suffers from insomnia. When you have your first holistic therapy session the therapist will probably take a detailed case history; looking at when your sleep problems began, what your current sleep pattern is, the state of your overall physical and emotional health and your lifestyle before starting any treatments, giving you advice or exercises to do. It maybe that you only need to make a few small changes to your lifestyle in order to enjoy that deep, refreshing night’s sleep that you so crave.
But there are so many different complementary therapies out there, how can I possibly choose which would be the best one for me? Take some time to do some research. The internet is a great resource for information on complementary therapies and you will soon be able to put together a great list of practitioners in your area. Referrals and recommendations are also a great way to go. If you have a friend or family member who has also suffered from insomnia and is raving about the results they got from a course of treatment they had with a particular holistic therapist, then why not check them out?
It is also good to go with what you are drawn to. So do you feel that you would prefer to have a more body based treatment such as aromatherapy massage or reflexology or would you be more comfortable with therapy that works on the mental and emotional level such as hypnotherapy, NLP or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)? Or even invest in several different holistic therapies to achieve the best possible results?